The most common injuries we see as physiotherapists working in the community are related to bone, ligament, tendon & muscle muscle injuries. Be it acute injuries related to your work or an injury you may have suffered while running or playing a sport over the weekend, we can help you get around the pain and dysfunction to get back to a normal active lifestyle.
Bone injuries occur more commonly than we think. A fracture is not the only type of bone injury and many people are unfamiliar with bone bruises or what we call contusions. A bone bruise can occur at the local footy match after a collision or simply while striking your elbow on your desk at work. Be it a fracture or a simple bone bruise, at Sports Health we help guide you through the process of healing, carefully monitoring the negetive consequences commonly seen with these type of injuries.
Another common type of bone injury seen in active individuals is a stress injury or more commonly called a stress fracture. This type of injury initially starts with repititive stress on the bone, which over time starts to show a stress reaction. At this stage you may feel a dull pain or ache in the affected area, which when left untreated may increase in intensity and with less stressful activities such as tair climbing and even just walking. When the stress or load over the area is not modified, this could lead to a stress fracture. Stress fractures are usually painful to touch using pressure from just one finger. You may also eperience dull aches around the affected area after physical activity. It is advisable that you consult your healthcare provider or book in with us to get a detailed assessment and get advised on management.
A ligament injury is also very common in active people and even occurs in people who are not active at all. An example of a ligament injury or a sprain is a 'Rolled Ankle' which is common in people of all age groups and all activity levels. A ligament injury also differs in severity so while some people can function normally after an injury, some may suffer from significant pain and movement restrictions. At Sports Health, we follow a functional approach to your rehabilitation so that joint strength, range of motion, balance and stability can be preserved while allowing the injured structure to heal. This makes for an excellent recovery all the while minimizing a risk of reinjury.
Muscle & Tendon Injury
Strains, mucsle spasm, bruising and even tightness qualify as muscle related injuries. They are even more common than bone and ligament injuries. It is very likely that you or someone you know may have experienced one of the above mentioned issues just in the past week! Although they are painful and cause movement restrictions, minor muscle injuries are curable and fortunately resolve with excellent results. At Sports Health we use a variety of interventions including dry needling, manual therapy and exercise therapy to ensure an optimal recovery with normal functional restoration.
A tendon is the thick band that is the point of attachement between the muscle and bone. All movements around the joint will transmit force through the tendon into the muscle in order for it to complete the movement. Although tendon injuries are seen around majority of the joints in our body (shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle, hip) one of the more commonly heard of tendon injury are Achilles tendon injury and golfers elbow. A rotator cuff tendon injury along with the achilles and tennis elbow are typically tended to at a weekly basis at our practice.